Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Wednesday Weekly Devotional

By Pastor Sarah Winter

During our weekly staff meetings, we always begin with a personal check-in.  A couple of weeks ago I asked this question:

How is your walk with Jesus?  
…Are you walking ahead of him (IE:  moving at a fast pace, not making time for him and hoping he’ll run and catch up)
…Are you strolling together (IE:  at the same pace, sharing life and time together)
…Are you walking behind him (IE: weary, unsure or content to let him lead you)

As I reflected on my own personal walk this season, I realized that I fall most often into the first category.  Especially during days of ever-changing circumstances, I feel like I am scrambling to control all of the things I possibly can through what seems like an uncontrollable time.  My faith is a foundational part of my life yet I realize that if I don’t make intentional time to talk to Jesus during the non-stop movement, I can at times loose site of how he is working in my daily life.  

If any of this sounds familiar to you in your life, I invite you to begin a new rhythm with me — a Daily Prayer Walk.

Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.”
~1Thessalonians 5:16-18 (Message)

By physically taking these walks, feeling our bodies put one foot in-front of the other and slowing our pace and breath to be in time with Christ, it will organically translate into an overall change in the pacing of our days and lives.

Some days our walk can be centered on a specific prayer or scripture that has been placed on our hearts.  Perhaps a breath prayer may be helpful;  on inhale say “You are the Vine” and on exhale say “I am the Branch”.  Or “Be Still” on our inhale, “And Know” on our exhale.

Other days we can be open to impressions that come through simply being in God’s creation.  We can be intentionally aware of the sights, sounds and smells around us as Holy Spirit uses them to inspire our souls.  This divine inspiration is God giving us messages and illumination in ways that only He can reveal.

Every day we will walk, breathe and take in the beauty of what is around us.  We will thank God for the gifts that He has given and look to Holy Spirit to calm our minds, bodies and souls from within.  We will be reminded to walk by faith, not by sight, at home with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:7-8).

Jesus  is always patiently and lovingly waiting for us, even as daily life takes up our attention.  May we accept his invitation in the next week to walk with him, pace for pace, breath for breath, and experience a beautiful transformation in our souls.